We don’t know the persecution and hate toward same-sex partner as they have in many countries including Jamaica. Gareth Henry is from Jamaica, and he knows firsthand what it is like to be hated and persecuted against simply because of your sexual preference.
He was driven out of his own country of Jamaica because of the hatred and crimes against him, and his friends life-threatening and simply unbearable. He lost 13 of his friends to hate crimes, and he has many stories to tell that would make your skin crawl about the way human begins are treated simply because of their sexual preference.
Gareth Henry now lives in Toronto, but when he lived in Jamaica, he was an outspoken activist for the Jamaica Forum of Lesbians, All-Sexuals, and Gays, or J-FLAG. He was pinpointed and targeted for hate crimes, and his life was threatened, so he decided to flee the country in pursuit of a better and safer life.
Gareth Henry has opened the eyes of the rest of the world to what is going on in Jamaica and many other countries. There are many refugees who have been given the name of “gully queens” which is a Jamaican term for LGBTQ outcasts. These outcasts have been forced to make their homes in the cemeteries and sewers where they live out their days in shame and misery. One 29-year-old had his intestines ripped out of his body by a pit bull while another young man was sexually assaulted. Another was disfigured by an angry mob who threw acid onto his body while still another committed suicide as a way out.
Gareth Henry has a wish that people will be more accepting and loving towards those who are different. If they were the world would be a much happier and compassionate place to live.
Gareth Henry has helped 60 refugees to relocate to new countries in 2016 alone, and many of them were Jamaican. He continues to devote all the time that he has to help refugees escape to better lives through Rainbow Railroad, an organization dedicated to helping refugees.